It was no shock that it was USA versus Brazil in both the women’s and men’s finals of the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour season opener. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh went head to head with the host country’s Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca, losing in three sets (21-16, 15-21, 15-12). The Brasilia Open marked the 15th time the two teams have met on the sand. The bronze medal match was all-American with reigning FIVB Swatch World Champions Jennifer Kessy and April Ross defeating Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Hanson (25-23, 21-19).
On the men’s side it was a rematch of last year’s gold medal match, with top-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers once again defeating Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego in two (21-18, 21-13). China’s duo of Penggen Wu and Linyin Xu defeated Brazil’s Marcio Araujo and Ricardo Santos for the bronze (21-17, 16-21, 21-10).
With the international beach volleyball circuit celebrating its 25th anniversary this season, nearly 140 teams from 35 countries competed in the $380,000 season opener.
Medalists – Women¬
Gold: Brazil (Silva/Franca)
Silver: USA (May-Treanor/Walsh)
Medalists – Men
Gold: USA (Dalhausser/Rogers)
Silver: Brazil (Cerutti/Rego)
Bronze: China (Wu/Xu)
Originally published in June 2011